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'America's Got Talent': Who's Calling the Shots?

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 2nd 2009 12:00PM
Arcadian Broad America's Got TalentIs 'America's Got Talent' fixed? Just ask contestant Arcadian Broad.

After his semifinal performance last night, Broad accused the 'Talent' producers of forcing him to do a 'High School Musical'-esque dance routine -- a routine that failed to impress judge Piers Morgan. "Are you good enough to get to the final?" Piers asked. "The answer would be no."

Broad tried to explain himself -- "I didn't have this planned. I didn't want to do 'High School Musical,' and the producers gave me this hand," he said -- but was quickly cut off by both Piers and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne. "It's not about what you did tonight. It's purely about your technical ability as a dancer," Piers said. Even host Nick Cannon jumped in to say each contestant ultimately has a final say in what they perform.Arcadian Broad America's Got TalentIs 'America's Got Talent' fixed? Just ask contestant Arcadian Broad.

After his semifinal performance last night, Broad accused the 'Talent' producers of forcing him to do a 'High School Musical'-esque dance routine -- a routine that failed to impress judge Piers Morgan. "Are you good enough to get to the final?" Piers asked. "The answer would be no."

Broad tried to explain himself -- "I didn't have this planned. I didn't want to do 'High School Musical,' and the producers gave me this hand," he said -- but was quickly cut off by both Piers and fellow judge Sharon Osbourne. "It's not about what you did tonight. It's purely about your technical ability as a dancer," Piers said. Even host Nick Cannon jumped in to say each contestant ultimately has a final say in what they perform.

The issue of how big a role producers play in the outcome of reality competitions is one that has plagued many, most notably 'American Idol.' In the past, 'Idol' producers have been accused of using a number of manipulative tactics to influence results (among them the "pimp slot," the night's final performance, where popular contestants like David Archuleta and Adam Lambert are often featured).

But for 'Talent' -- a show that continually asks its contestants to "up their game" -- Broad's accusations are especially troublesome, given the season 4 finale is just two weeks away. Assuming what he said is true, it's possible the producers may have been trying to pull a few strings of their own.

Which leads us to ask: Whose side of the story do you believe? Do you think the 'Talent' contestants have free will? Or are the producers really calling the shots?

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kessner68

It is interesting how the type of contestant, and who ultimately wins , shadows the British version. For example, Paul Potts was the unassuming, socially awkward opera sing who surprised everyone with his amazing voice in the British version. A few months later, there was a near identical American version of the same type of contestant. There was another example on the European version where a woman came on an shaved her head due to the fact that she lost a bet, surprise, surprise, the same thing shortly followed on the US version. There are numerous other examples. It makes onewonder if the scenarios involving each individual contestant are a coincidence or are they set up.

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